Patrick Wortner – First registered ASI Specialist in Germany

The Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, non-profit organization that sets and certifies standards for the aluminum value chain. It has emerged as an association of producers, users and stakeholders in the aluminum value chain, with the goal of maximizing the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society.

Patrick Wortner has been a registered ASI expert since mid-December 2017 and thus has the right to advise companies on the ASI standards for the aluminum value chain.

Registered specialists can be assigned in two ways: either by a member (or organization) that supports the development and / or implementation of the systems and processes required by the ASI standards or by an audit team that advise the Lead Auditor and the individual auditors on the planning, implementation and / or follow-up activities for an ASI certification audit.

Is working hard bad for the environment?

In a welcome sacrifice for the good of the planet, a United Nations’ International Resource Panel study found that saving the environment may require people work fewer hours in the future. A growing middle class has led to a rapid pace of raw material extraction around the globe, which has tripled over the past 40 years. Thus, more efficient use of the planet’s remaining resources is necessary to stave off grave environmental consequences.

In other words, the global economy will need to make huge improvements in material and energy efficiencies in order to provide housing, food, electricity, water and modern consumer goods to a growing world population with aspirations for middle-class comforts. To address this issue, policy recommendations from the study call for transformative changes that include a reduction in work hours, as well as to price raw materials in a way that accounts for the social and economic costs of extraction.

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CSR Programs Increase Revenue up to 20%, Says Verizon, Campbell Soup Study

Well-designed corporate social responsibility programs increase revenue by as much as 20 percent, command price premiums up to 20 percent and increase customer commitment by as much as 60 percent, according to a study commissioned by Verizon and Campbell Soup.

The Renewable Energy Industry Employs Nearly 8 Million People Worldwide

Employment in the global renewable energy industry has increased by over one million jobs during the past year, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 7.7 million people are now employed in renewable energy, an 18 percent increase on last year’s 6.5 million.

FAST FORWARD TO A TRANSPARENT AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The requirements set by the Directive are meant mainly for large European companies, although some foreign companies will also be covered. Is it accurate to say that any large company (regardless of its main headquarters) will have to comply with the requirements provided it is listed in the EU market?

The scope of application of the Directive includes certain large companies and groups. According to Article 1 of the Directive, the new disclosure requirements on non-financial information apply to large public-interest entities with more than 500 employees. The concept of public-interest entities is defined in Article 2 of the Accounting Directive (2013/34/EU), and includes companies listed in EU markets, as well as some unlisted companies such as credit institutions, insurance companies, and other companies, that are designated by Member States because of their activities, size, or number of employees. Although large companies listed in EU-regulated markets, but registered in Third World countries were included in the scope of the initial European Commission proposal, they have not been reflected in the final text. It is estimated that around 6,000 companies will be subject.

 

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